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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Seniors: Improve Your Diet Tips

At long, last summer is here! And that means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden, food co-op, roadside stand or local grocery. As a caregiver, you can help the senior in your life eat well, enjoy the best of the season’s bounty, and reap the benefits of healthy eating.
Eating well this season is about fresh, colorful food, and on many occasions, eating out of doors with family and friends which adds to the pleasure. For older adults, there are particular benefits of healthy eating. They include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. Eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
MyPlate for Older Adults, developed by Tufts University researchers to replace the USDA food pyramid, continues to emphasize the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the senior diet. Included among the recommendations of MyPlate are eating bright-colored vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, summer squash, and broccoli, and deep-colored fruit such as plums, berries and melon. Foods with high water content such as lettuce, garden fresh tomatoes, watermelon, homemade fruit and vegetable juices are good for seniors to add hydration especially during the heat of summer. Soups, such as gazpacho, which can be made from fresh vegetables and served chilled during warm weather are ideal and healthful, too
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Medication Management System: From pill box to a machines

Medication management is one of the most critical issues facing seniors who live independently. It is a real safety concern for those whose everyday health and wellbeing depend on taking the right dose of the right medication at the right time.
According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, more than one-third of medication-related hospitalizations are due to patients not taking their medicines as directed. Additionally, medication non-adherence has also been associated with as much as 40 percent of nursing home admissions, notes the American Pharmacists Association.

Medication management can be a pill box to a complex medication dispensing machine. Sometimes a person cannot manage a pill box due to eye sight or memory issues. This may be time to start to think about the dispenser or an aide to come in the home and make sure the right meds are taken.

When I am asked about dispensing machines the first question I ask is what does your loved one need? If I am told it is significant memory issue where the person is forgetting to take the meds I talk to the family about what the medication dispenser can do and what it cannot do.

What it cannot do is make sure those meds get into the mouth. It can send signal to the family if the dispensed meds are not picked up from machine but no family can be assured that if they meds are picked up they made it to person's mouth. Sometimes seniors will take the meds off dispenser go into another room sit the cup down and forget to take them. This behavior means you need an aide, a physical person to come into the room and watch the person take them.

If you have questions feel free to contact me. The medication dispenser is helpful but with all care we need to talk about what does the loved one really need. Often what we think will solve the problem does not. Talking it out we can come up with creative solution to solve the problem usually.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Resources for Parkinson's, Alzheimers and other Illness Locally

Are you in need of support and resources for a long term illness such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS and others here locally in the Philadelphia area?

If so, we created a webpage with all the local resource organizations for you. If the one you are looking for is missing please let us know and we will add it.

To find the resource page, click HERE or go to

Friday, February 12, 2016

Special Pension Aging Veterans - Get help in home if you qualify

Comfort Keepers® Is Honored to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

Home Care for VeteransWe feel privileged to provide home care for veterans who served our nation in its time of need. We provide you with the information to work through the paperwork to help you avoid potential pension claim delays. Once you become an approved participant in a VA program, Comfort Keepers will provide the quality home care and companionship our veterans deserve. There are several veteran in-home care programs for which an individual may qualify:
  • Improved Pension Benefit Program
  • Homemaker/Home Health Aide Program
  • In-Home Respite Program

Who Qualifies?

If you or your spouse served 90 consecutive days of active military duty – at least one of those days during a U.S. declared war – you may qualify or be partially qualified.
Other qualifications include specific financial criteria and documented physical need for in-home care.
To begin the application process, you will need:
  • Original discharge certificate
  • Marriage certificate (divorce papers from any prior marriages, if applicable)
  • Death certificate of veteran (if applicable)
  • Social Security numbers for the veteran and spouse
If you think you may qualify for one of the VA programs, give Comfort Keepers in Springfield PA a call at 610-543-6300 or go to our website at to get more information.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stay Active and Engaged in LIfe

Staying active and engaged in life is our motto! As one ages staying active in any way you can and engaged with others is vital to a healthy life.

If you are caring for someone with dementia or physical impairment it is sometimes challenging to figure out how to keep the person active or engaged. Taking a few minutes to figure out or find out what  a person likes to do and then modifying it can make a world of difference for you and your loved one.

For example men often like to assemble or fix things. Many older men with memory impairment are frustrated because they can no longer fix pipe or put together an item from a box. If we find something that the person can do such as one pipe that has to be screwed into another one and then couple more elbows the person can put that together and feel like he or she is accomplishing something.

Sometimes referred to as adult Legos the items are loose in box and can be assembled as two pieces or three or even four depending on what your loved one is able to do. Once he puts it together then have him take it apart and do it again like a puzzle.

Always treat everyone with respect and dignity. Be creative and figure out an activity that your loved one can do that does not hurt feelings or make him feel less than.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Comfort Keepers announces Caregiver of Year 2015-16

Congratulations to Apu, the Comfort Keeper of the Year! To read all about Apu and the other recognized caregivers this year click HERE. 

Comfort Keepers, an in-home care provider of services such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, escort to doctor visits and grocery shopping as well as showering, incontinence care is HIRING!

Flexible schedules, all shifts and live in available - to apply click HERE. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Chichester Alumni Community Band is open to everyone who ever played an instrument in high school band

One day I met a lady who had a jacket on that said Guitar With Gloria. Curious I asked "What is Guitar With Gloria?" and that was the start of a conversation you should hear. The lady, Gloria Hoffner told me her story of having been a journalist for many years for Philadelphia Newspapers. As her career in the field of journalism started to wind down, Gloria like many folks wanted a new career in a field where she could earn money but enjoy herself doing something she loved. Having been in a band in high school and being in love with music much of her life, she decided to explore her options in the music field. She started a business called Guitar With Gloria where she would offer her services to sing at nursing homes and assisted living centers throughout Delaware County. Although her business grew rapidly she continued to volunteer her time as a member of the Chichester Alumni Band. Curious again I asked "What is the Chichester Alumni Band?" To which she answered:

"The Chichester Alumni Community Band's members are graduates of Chichester and is open to everyone who ever played in a high school band. We have members from Notre Dame, Sun Valley, Cardinal O'Hara, Swarthmore - a great mix of wonderful people.,

Here is the back ground....Kathryn Forwood started the Chi high school band in the 1950s when she was hired as a choral teacher. Her life long dream was to be a band leader but she had to fight West Chester University who told her "you can't take conducting classes because there are no women band conductors" and later the high school who said "there will be no woman band director at this school". She pressed forward, started the band and after she retired the school named the auditorium in her honor.

Later at a reunion, her former students came together and formed the Chi Alumni band to play and surprise her. They later decided to stay together as an alumni band. A few years later at the request of community residents who did not attend Chi, the band added "community" and welcomes all former band members of any high school. The band also has a band front.

The band plays a concert once a month at a local nursing home, a summer outdoor community concert in Marcus Hook and participates in local parades. The band presents a scholarship each year to a Chi grad majoring in music in college.

Our director Audrey Murphy, is a graduate of Chi, and has her masters in music. She directed a high school band in Delaware and is now retired." said Gloria.

"Wow!" I replied. "This sounds like a great activity for senior citizens and retirees in the community and they probably don't know anything about it".

So if you are looking for a fun group to get involved with, the Chichester Alumni Band might be for you. If interested, contact: Jason CollisonPresident and Percussion Captain of the Chichester Alumni Band at:

The band welcomes new members!